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NEWS NOTES. Queen Alexandra has showed her sympathr with the distressed unemployed by subscribing &2000 to a fund for their relief, and appealing to all charitably disposed people in the Emphe to assist her. This noble lead is sure to be widely followed. Her Majesty's appeal comes at the most opportune moment-before the cold and frost has had time to render the position of the workless men and women and starving children even more intolerable than now. It is quite true ;that charitable subscrip- tions will not touch the root of the unemployed difficulty. But they will do one essential thing —they will relieve the existing distress, and give our legislators time to devise some sure method of getting at the root. The visit of the King of Greece to this country will remind the public that for many years the two nations have been on terms of complete sympathy. His Majesty's visit is of a semi-private nature, but opportunities have been given for a public manifestation of the" regard in which the King of Greece is held by the British people. His Majesty's visit to the Guildhall showed once more that the City of London knows well how to entertain foreign rulers with becoming magnificence. A St. Petersburg correspondent, while admit- ting that the situation in Russia is serious, and even critical, says that the reports as to the recent disorders have in some cases been ex- aggerated that the alarmist reports of an im- pending massacre of Jews and foreigners are grossly misleading and that there is no danger whatever for British subjects* TheHolySynod of the Russian Church has issued an appeal to the people against the maltreatment of the Jews. A Ukase issued by the Czar, proclaiming martial law in all the governments of Russian Poland, has caused great surprise and exaspera- tion in Warsaw. Lord Roberts is still advocating the forma- tion of rifle clubs. In opening a new miniature range at Wandsworth on Saturday his lordship gave an interesting account of the progress of the movement in various parts of the country, mentioning that in the last three months 35 new clubs had been affiliated to the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs. This represented a membership of over 1000. Lord Roberts also stated that since he had expressed regret that his appeal for assistance for rifle ranges and rifle shooting had not met with much success, he had received a cheque for 100 guineas from the Mercers' Company. Sir Frederick Treves was elected Lord Rector of Aberdeen University on Saturday by 390 votes against 153 given for Mr. Ritchie, M.P. Sir Frederick opposed the late Chancellor of the Exchequer on academic 'and non-political grounds, and he probably owes his election by so large a majority to his distinguished position in the world of surgery. It is difficult, how- ever, to explain the fact that nearly 300 students did not vote. Probably they belonged to the political party, of which Mr. Ritchie is a member, but wished on this occasion to do nothing to prevent the return of the illustrious surgeon as Lord Rector of their university. That excellent movement known as "The Quieter London Movement "is making progress. At a meeting the other day it was stated that the association intends to promote a Bill in Parliament next session which will give the police power to suppress organ-grinding and street cries. The County Council by-laws have proved quite ineffectual for the protection of the public, as the organ-grinder can take refuge under the clause that makes his removal subject to reasonable objection. In these cases the police have no power to prosecute, but the householder who objects must himself summon the offender, and few people care to spend the time necessary for putting the law into opera- tion. In the course of the meeting it was stated that No organ notices were now placed up in about 200 localities, and that applications for further similar notices were being received faster than they could be dealt with by the association. The memorial services and meetings held in this country on Saturday and Sunday in con- nection with the awful massacre of the Jews in Russia were extremely touching. No fewer than 7000 people, chiefly of the Hebrew race, were present at the Assembly Hall in Mile-end, and it is reported that whilst the Hebrew chanting proceeded sobs broke out among the women of the congregation, and soon became general. Sir George White, the hero of Lady- smith, was present at a display of drill by the Jewish Lads' Brigade, and in the course of a short address said that England, the mother of nations, had stretched out the right hand of fellowship toward the Jews when other nations, calling themselves civilised, had treated them in a way which would be regarded as incredible if news of the massacre had not come to them with indisputable authority. The Prince and Princess of Wales have been busily occupied since their arrival at Bombay,, which has a rival claim to Glasgow as the second city of the Empire. The Prince laid the foundation stone of the new Museum on Saturday, and emphasised the interest taken by the King and by himself in educational and artistic progress. The Princess held a purdah reception of native ladies in the Town Hall. Her Royal Highness, according to Reuter, walked on priceless carpeting" of pure gold." She was deeply interested in the mysterious ritual attending the ceremony. The appointment of Dr. Nansen as First Norwegian Minister to the Court of St. James has been welcomed with great cordiality in thia country. His fame as an explorer has reached to the ends of the earth, and it is a great honour to us that he of all men should have been chosen to represent, in Great Britain. the newlv-formed Norwegian Government. Let us hope "that Dr. Nansen will be as successful in the realm of diplomacy as he certainly is dis- tinguished in the world of discovery and adven- ture. A fierce gale visited the east coast during last week-end, and inflicted much damage on shipping. Along tbe east and north-east coasts of Scotland its violence from the south-east quarter was greater than any experienced for a long time. At Walton-on-tlie-Naze the gardens of many of the houses near the 89a were flooded, and at Clacton the waves leapt over the sub- stantial sea wall. Volumes of spray drenched the promenades on the upper cliffs, and also the houses on the front foof t. from high-water mark. Several wrecks were reported, but fortunately the loss of life does not appear to,.great as might have been expected.




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